May 8-10, 2017 Monday Meteors (Hail), Tuesday Tornadoes, and Wednesday Winds Across New Mexico (Photo Credits: RadarScope, Miguel Nuñez)
On Monday May 8, 2017, a tornado warning was issued for Guadalupe and Quay Counties (along I-40 near the New Mexico/Texas border), based on radar indicated rotation. There were two reports of tornadoes and the warning near Guadalupe County was cancelled by 9 PM MDT. Winds near 60 mph and up to golf-ball sized hail were also reported.
An EF0 tornado was reported at 12:25 PM MDT about 5 miles southwest of Santa Fe (New Mexico’s capital) on Tuesday, May 9th (top right image). The Enhanced Fujita Scale is used as a rating system for tornadoes based on estimated wind speeds. This measurement is usually determined by surveying the type and severity of damage left behind.
The base velocity image (shown on the top left of the page) gives an indication of what the winds are doing inside of a thunderstorm. The yellow polygon signifies a severe thunderstorm warning that was issued for Los Alamos NM, White Rock NM, and La Cienega NM until 1:15 PM MDT. Base velocity shows when winds are moving either towards or away from the radar (here the radar is located to the SW in Albuquerque). For most radar imagery, red colors show when the winds moving away from the radar site and green shows winds moving toward the radar. Darker shading indicates slower winds, while brighter colors signify faster winds.
Five tornadoes (all EF0’s) and 10 funnel clouds were spotted in mainly rural areas across Clines Corners, Carrizozo, Wagon Mound, Portales, and Raton over the course of the three day period.
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© 2017 Meteorologist Sharon Sullivan